on December 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The Perilous Position of the Laws of War

Major Charles G. Kels argues that the current standoff over legal regimes applicable to counterterrorism operations misconstrues the law of armed conflict and risks undermining its moral force. Photo courtesy of Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

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on November 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

Targeting in Outer Space: Legal Aspects of Operational Military Actions in Space

P.J. Blount, Research Counsel at the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, explores the complicated legal landscape of targeting in space. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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on October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

Iran Sanctions Unprecedented and Crippling; But Are They Effective?

Ronak D. Desai: The impact of the sanctions–and whether they will ultimately force Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program–remains to be seen.

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on September 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Afghanistan and the Future of the “Good War”

Should the U.S. & NATO accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan or “stay the course?”

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on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

Blurring the Civilian-Combatant Line: Legal Implications of Deploying U.S. Civilian Mariners in the Libyan Theater

LT Elan R. Ghazal and Manik V. Suri explore the growing civilian integration in the U.S. armed forces

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on July 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Restraining Habeas: Boumediene, Kiyemba, and the Limits of Remedial Authority

As three Uighurs remain in Guantanamo, Daniel J. Feith finds that the D.C. Circuit ruling that kept them there is surprisingly consistent with Boumediene.

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on June 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Obama: Peacemaker to Warrior?

From Obama the peacemaker and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to fearsome warrior ruthlessly killing terrorists

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on May 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

History, Hamdan, and Happenstance: “Conspiracy by Two or More To Violate the Laws of War by Destroying Life or Property in Aid of the Enemy”

In June 2006, a plurality of the Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld determined that the Government failed to make a colorable case for the inclusion of conspiracy among those offenses cognizable by law-of-war military commission. The plurality’s reasoning was largely based on its survey of domestic law sources and precedents. That survey, however, was inaccurate and incomplete.

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on April 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Dana Priest’s Keynote

On April 6, the National Security Journal hosted its 2012 symposium: The Law and Policy of Covert Operations: Current & Future Challenges. Dana Priest of the Washington Post gave the keynote address at the symposium. A video of her keynote address is available here.

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on April 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

Offensive Lawfare and the Current Conflict

By  Colonel Mark W. Holzer * — Click here to read the full text as a PDF Abstract The term “lawfare” has become part of the lexicon of the current global conflict and although it is defined in various ways, it is essentially a way to describe legal activities within the context of armed conflict. To date, the term has […]

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